Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 5/10/18
High Cost/Low Cost Options - Thursday May 10th, 2018
5/10/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel
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Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 5/8.
Walker Buehler (Los Angeles Dodgers - $8,600) – Walker Buehler has lived up to the hype as one of the Dodgers top pitching prospects as the rookie right-hander comes into this game with a 2-0 record with a 1.13 ERA and 1.06 WHIP and is coming off his best outing of the season, going 6 innings, giving up no hits while striking out 8, in the Dodgers combined no-hitter against the Padres last Friday. Buehler is holding opponents to just a .179 average on the season and as he certainly has some strikeout upside, I like the rookie against the Reds on Thursday.
Miles Mikolas (St. Louis Cardinals -$8,500) – Miles Mikolas has pitched well this season for the Cardinals as he currently has an impressive 4-0 record with a 2.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP and comes into this game giving up just 4 ER’s in his last 21.0 IP. Mikolas only has a 6.98 K/9 ratio however, has a great matchup against the Padres who rank dead last in MLB in strikeout rate. Mikolas is holding opponents to just a .234 average on the season and if Jeremy Hellickson of the Nationals can rack up 8 strikeouts against the Padres, I think Mikolas can have a very nice outing at a decent value.
Caleb Smith (Miami Marlins -$7,600) – I can’t say I love many of the “low-cost” pitchers however, if I needed to go with one, I would take a look at the left-handed Caleb Smith of the Marlins who had been pitching real well as of late. Smith comes into this game with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP and has an impressive K/9 ratio of 12.58. Smith has averaged 50 FanDuel points in his last 3 outings and although faces a tough Braves team, Smith certainly has some upside here at this price.
Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees - $4,200) – Gary Sanchez has been a common name in my articles as of late and that’s largely due to the fact of the success he has had in his career against the Red Sox’s left-handed pitchers. Sanchez is hitting just .193 on the season however, still has solid offensive numbers as he has 9 HR’s, 28 RBI’s, and 22 runs scored. Sanchez is hitting LHP’s much better on the season as he has a .259 average against LHP’s and is facing the left-handed Eduardo Rodriguez who comes into this game with a 5.29 ERA and 1.67 HR/9. Sanchez has had some nice success against Rodriguez in his career as he is 3 for 9 (.333) with a HR and 2 RBI’s.
Also Considered: Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants - $3,800)
Justin Bour (Miami Marlins- $3,200) – Justin Bour might not be hitting for a high average this season as he is currently hitting just .236 on the season, however, he is still hitting HR’s as he currently has 7 HR’s and 17 RBI’s on the season. Bour has two HR’s over the past week and has had a ton of success against the Braves, Mike Foltynewicz, who has a .571 average (8-14) with 2 HR’s and 6 RBI’s. Bour has also been showed up much more power at home this season as he a .560 slugging % with 5 of his 7 HR’s being at Marlins Park.
Cesar Hernandez – (Philadelphia Phillies -$3,800) – Cesar Hernandez is one of the more underrated second-baseman in the MLB in my opinion as the Phillies 2B is once against putting together a nice season as he is currently hitting .273 on the season with 4 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, 25 runs scored, and 6 SB’s. Hernandez is facing the LHP Ty Balch who although is having a nice season, is allowing RHB’s to hit .272 on the season. Hernandez is hitting .333 against LHP, has 2 HR’s in the past week, and has a career .286 average against Balch in his career.
Jonathan Schoop – (Baltimore Orioles -$2,900) – I promise you…I’m not the biggest Jonathan Schoop fan, however, this will be the 2nd straight day he is my “Low-Cost” second baseman largely due to his matchup against Ian Kennedy of the Kansas City Royals. Ian Kennedy is having a nice season as he has a 2.92 ERA however, this is still the same Ian Kennedy that has given up at least 30 HR’s in his past three seasons and is certainly capable of blowing up at any moment. Schoop is back from his injury that kept him out the past couple of week and although he has just 1 HR on the season, he has 57 HR’s in his past two seasons and as his price is still under $3,000, it’s a decent value option if you don’t want to spend up at 2B.
Trea Turner - (Washington Nationals - $4,000) – I’m not sure who Trea Turner is going up against yet however as it won’t Patrick Corbin, I like Turner tomorrow at Chase Field. Turner is having a nice season with the Nationals as even though the speedy SS only have a .275 average on the season, he does come into this matchup with 3 HR’s, 13 RBI’s, 21 runs scored, and 12 SB’s on the season. You have to love Turner’s speed as he basically has the green light to steal whenever wants unless the situation really doesn’t warrant it. Turner has 2 HR’s over the past week and as he has a .306 average on the road, I’m making Turner my “high-cost” pick on Wednesday.
Orlando Arcia (Milwaukee Brewers - $3,000) – Orlando Arcia is once against my “Low-Cost” option as his price still isn’t that bat even being inflated for his matchup at Coors Field against German Marquez of the Rockies. I like this matchup as Marquez has really been hit hard at Coors Field this season as the RHP has a 10.64 ERA and is allowing opponents to hit .333 against him in this three starts at home. Arcia is hitting just .216 on the season but dos have a pair of HR’s and as he has fared better against RHP on the season, I don’t mind taking a chance with him for this price, playing in that thin air in Colorado.
Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies - $5,200) – I’m staying in Colorado and going with the Nolan Arenado of the Rockies who is having another monster season as he is currently hitting .313 with 8 HR’s and 21 RBI’s. Arenado has been great as of late as over the past week he is hitting .350 with 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s and has a decent matchup against Jhoulys Chacin for the Brewers who is allowing LHB’s to hit .333 against him. Arenado has been crushing the ball at Coors Field this season as he has a .432 average at home and as he is 3 for 7 (.429 average) against Chacin with a HR, I feel Arenado is worth the high cost.
Also Considered: Mike Moustakas (Kansas City Royals - $4,100)
Yangervis Solarte (Toronto Blue Jays - $3,200) – Yangervis Solarte continues to produce in his first year with the Blue Jays as Solarte is currently .264 on the season with 9 HR’s and 22 RBI’s and has been playing well recently as over the past week he has a .321 average with 2 HR’s and 7 RBI’s. Solarte is up against a struggling Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners who comes into this game with a 6.28 ERA and 1.40 HR/9. Solarte is 3 for 6 against Leake in his career and as he is hitting .282 against RHP on the season, I can see another big game from Solarte for a reasonable price.
Giancarlo Stanton/Aaron Judge (New York Yankees -$4,900/$4,900) – I’m obviously rooting for my Red Sox to win, however, there is no denying that the heart of the Yankees powerful lineup is a solid play tomorrow against Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox who comes into this game with a 5.29 ERA and 1.67 HR/9. Stanton is hitting just .237 on the season, however, has a .400 batting average against LHP this season with 6 HR’s and 12 RBI’s in just 20 AB’s. Judge is also having a nice season as he is currently hitting .295 with 8 HR’s and 24 RBI’s and has been great at Yankee Stadium this season as he has a .324 average and 1.163 OPS.
Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals - $4,800) – It was just released that Kris Medlen is getting the start for Arizona tomorrow and you must like Bryce Harper’s chances for a big game as Medlen got hit real hard in only start of the season last week against Houston, lasting just 4.0 innings while giving up 9 hits and 7 ER’s. Harper has 10 of his 12 HR’s against RHP’s on the season and as he has a .667 slugging percentage and 1.107 OPS agianst righties, Harper is worth the price on Thursday.
Nelson Cruz (Seattle Mariners - $3,800) – Nelson Cruz is getting up there in age as however, the 13-year veteran is still hitting balls hard and currently has 7 HR’s and 7 RBI’s. Cruz has a tough matchup against J.A. Happ who had pitched well this season however, the one aspect of Happ’s game that he has struggled with this year is giving up HR’s and he currently has a 1.51 HR/9 ratio. Cruz is hitting .354 on the road this season and as he is 10 for 22 (.455 average) against Happ on the season, I think Cruz is a strong option for your lineups on Wednesday.
Alex Gordon (Kansas City Royals - $3,100) – Alex Gordon has been on a tear since returning from injury in late April as the Royals outfield, who has a lifetime .260 average, is currently hitting .321 on the season with 3 HR’s. Gordon has one of the best matchups on the slate against the Orioles Chris Tillman who had a 9.24 ERA, 1.78 HR/9 ratio, and is allowing LHB’s to hit .417 against him this season. Gordon is hitting .364 against RHP and even though he is just 3 for 15 against Tillman in his career, two of those three hits are HR’s.
Dexter Fowler (St. Louis Cardinals - $2,900) – Dexter Fowler still has had a hard time getting going for the Cardinals this season, however, I don’t mind Fowler on Wednesday as he has a nice matchup against Jordan Lyles who is making his first start of the season. Lyles has been nothing more than average for the Padres this season in relief this season and comes into this game with a career 5.38 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Fowler is a much better hitting as an LHB as all 5 of his HR’s this season have come against RHP and I don’t mind taking a chance that Fowler has a nice game as he has a career .500 average (6 for 3) against Lyles with a HR.
Also Considered: Curtis Granderson (Toronto Blue Jays - $2,700) – Granderson is sitting out Wednesday’s game due to a hamstring injury so make sure he is playing.